Tamekia Swint has gone above and beyond to ensure that transracial adoptive parents know how to compassionately treat their children's hair. Her Chicago-based company Styles 4 Kidz provides haircare education and services to black children in foster care, and to moms and dads who don't have any experience with natural hair. Learning how to properly care for and style black hair is an important piece in building one's confidence, and Tamekia saw this as an opportunity to use her experience in hair braiding to help. In a now-viral video, she explained that she saw a need in her community for this type of educational opportunity. "They're not familiar with the [black] hair," she says. "I saw that this might be something where I can empower them."
After starting her company in 2010 with three clients, Styles 4 Kidz has officially served more than 500 families throughout the US. And there's no denying how impactful Tamekia's mission is. After the video went live on May 15, it quickly amassed more than 3.5 million views. Scroll through to see some of the sweetest reactions so far and try not to smile in the process.